Who should buy the Topo Athletic Trailventure WP

The waterproof Trailventure delivers nimble performance and great control on rugged terrain. Buy it if:

  • Negotiating murky shallow waters is part of your everyday adventures.
  • You prefer wide-toed hiking boots, especially those that exude a sporty vibe.
  • Extra surefootedness around the forefoot is what you need.

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Who should NOT buy it

With no issues linked to debris prevention and with its excellent Quicklace system, the Cross Hike Mid GTX from Salomon is a great alternative to the Trailventure WP. And if you're quite particular with breathability, check out the Salomon OUTline Mid GTX instead.

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Comfort level that rocks

Experts are over the moon about the comfort level of the Topo Athletic Trailventure WP. It's "like your entire foot is encased in soft padding," says one of them. It "feels as comfortable and flexible as a running shoe," says another.

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Relaxed toes in the Topo Athletic Trailventure WP

"A dream come true"—this is how a professional reviewer calls the super-roomy toe box of the Trailventure WP. Regular users also have these to say about the boot's spacious forefoot:

  • "No problems with pressure points."
  • "Super pumped about the fit."
  • They "don't leave with tingling in my pinkie toes."

An experienced female hiker adores the width of its toe box, too, but reassures others that it doesn't have that "clown shoe effect."

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Exceptional surface traction

With remarks like "soles grip confidently on wet logs" and "traction is excellent on solid rock surfaces," it's clear that the featured kick delivers remarkable multi-surface tenacity. As a great bonus, this grippy outsole also gets rid of mud effortlessly with every step.

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Trailventure WP: A deflector of moisture

Many trail-goers, including a gear blogger, are quite impressed with the Trailventure WP's water protection. It's "waterproof from mile 1 to over one hundred," says one of them. It can go through "creeks and streams without a hint of water leakage," says another.

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Needs a clingier pair of laces

There are those who say that the featured hiker gets untied often. One of them says that no matter how tight he ties them, "they just loosen up over time." Another trail-goer, on the other hand, finds them a little too difficult to tighten.

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Topo Athletic Trailventure WP equals steady strides

Critics and non-professional reviewers alike adore the Trailventure WP when it comes to balance and support. A footwear maven among them says that it has an "impressive level of stability." Underfoot, the shoe also has "support that you can count on," says another tester.

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Not for dusty summer hikes

The boot is NOT "the best for hiking in hot temperatures," says one of the adventurers who find the Trailventure WP's breathability subpar. Also, a few experienced hikers say that its collar struggles to fence out debris and the like.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 14.5oz / Women 12.1oz
Base model: Topo Athletic Trailventure
Use: Speed Hiking, Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.